Indigenous Wellness Research Institute: Narratives on Social Work Education and Mentorship for Indigenous Health & Wellness

  • Katie Johnston-Goodstar Youth Studies Department School of Social Work University of Minnesota
Keywords: Native Americans, social work education, elders

Abstract

This manuscript introduces the Indigenous Wellness Research Institute (IWRI), a research and training institute at the University of Washington’s School of Social Work. Through the narratives of former and current students, mentees and staff, this manuscript documents the impact of three founding faculty members and reveals how their specialized knowledge of Indigenous health and wellness, awareness of unique barriers and decolonizing strategies for success and vocational calling, have created an organization that works for Indigenous health and wellness. IWRI is an organization that is larger than the sum of its parts; it plays a unique role in social work scholarship and education and we anticipate it will continue to do so for generations to come.

Author Biography

Katie Johnston-Goodstar, Youth Studies Department School of Social Work University of Minnesota

Assistant Professor

Youth Studies Department

School of Social Work

University of Minnesota

Published
2016-05-24